March 2011

Opening Saturday 12 March 2011

Please join us from 11 am to 1 pm.


Shane Tolbert Houston Texas New Paintings

Playing with conventions of what paint can be as a medium, this body of work challenges the P in painting.  There is no paint, at least not on the canvas.  Rather a process of reactivating pigment in the dyed canvas fibers with a solution of sodium chloride.  I look to engage the canvas as medium and subject instead of its traditional role as a primed ground for paint to exist on as did the color field painters, and like them I seek to embody the idea of what a painting is even in its absence.

A drawing element is found in the sewn thread and breaks in stitching.  Sculpture emerges during fabrication: treating, washing, iron, cutting, collaging, sewing and stretching.  What’s fascinating to me  is the intersection between the domestic process of making these paintings and their heroic presence as art.   ST

Shane Tolbert Houston Texas New Paintings


Please join us Saturday January 15th from 11 to 1 pm:

TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS Injured Soldiers and Marines

For Mr. Greenfield-Sanders, best known for portraits of artists and other celebrities, the task was in some ways an alien one. ”In most portraits you take, you’re trying to highlight someone’s best qualities, the best angle of their face, their beautiful hair,” he said. ”Here you’re trying to, in a sense, highlight their frailty, their injury. It’s an awkward thing to do, to show the world someone missing their arm or three limbs.”

more from the New York Times

more from The Houston Press

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: Injured Soldiers and Marines In Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s photograph Danielle Green-Byrd, Specialist, U.S. Army, an attractive young black woman in a pale-blue button-down and low-rise trousers smiles at the camera. She’s holding her prosthetic forearm in front of her. This October, the United States is coming up on more that ten continuous years of war. The fact that we are at war ebbs and flows through the consciousness of most of us in the general public. But the people who have been irreparably injured by war can’t forget. In a project commissioned by HBO in conjunction with the documentary Alive Day Memories, Greenfield-Saunders took this series of unflinching portraits of young men and women disfigured and maimed by war. They confront Greenfield-Saunders’s camera calmly and directly, not asking for pity but asking us to see them for who they are and what they have survived.

Read a review of this work in the upcoming February 15th issue of Military Press

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders "John Jones, Marine Staff Sargeant," 2006

The work of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders will also be on view at the Rice Media Center at Rice University February 3-25th:


The Media Center will be open from Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; an additional screening will take place Feb. 11. All visits are free to the public. This show is presented as a collaboration between the Humanities Research Center and Rice Public Art, and is sponsored by the Visual and Dramatic Arts Department, the dean of humanities and Rice’s HumanArt Program.

more information here

Whoopi Goldberg Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Black List Project

The Rice Thresher review can be found here

The Houston Press review can be found here

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Rice University Media Center The Black List Project 2011

Dennis Oppenheim, a pioneer of earthworks, body art and Conceptual art who later made emphatically tangible installations and public sculptures that veered between the demonically chaotic and the cheerfully Pop, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 72.

more from from the NY TIMES Roberta Smith

2010 in review

January 2011

The stats helper at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a summary:


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This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 51 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 11th with 184 views. The most popular post that day was HILARY WILDER.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for joseph havel, james turrell, richard tuttle, organic structures, and helen frankenthaler.

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These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.




Opening Saturday January 16th: KYUNG-LIM LEE Recent Drawings January 2010


JAMES TURRELL Skyspace Reopens July 2010

FAUX BOIS : Rusty Arena, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Sherrie Levine, Diana Rudsten, Richard Tuttle May 2010


Dec. 16, 2010, 5:31PM

Artist James Turrell got to know Peter C. Marzio, the longtime director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, who died Dec. 9, while working with him on various projects. They include Turrell’s permanent installation The Light Inside in the underground tunnel that connects the MFAH’s Law and Beck buildings, the recent acquisition of 12 of his works dating from the mid-1960s to the present and an upcoming retrospective. The Turrell survey is scheduled to open in 2012 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York before traveling to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the MFAH and other venues.


James Turrell The Light Inside Museum of Fine Arts Houston


November 2010

Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Vernon Fisher opening December 4th from 11 am to 1 pm.

Vernon Fisher Painting Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery December 2010

Vernon Fisher Paintings Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery December 2010

Vernon Fisher is currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  He has had solo exhibitions in Houston at the Contemporary Arts Museum (1980 and 1989 – Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla and traveling to The Albright Knox, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Center for the Fine Aarts, Miami) and the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2000).  In addition to installations at the Museum of Modern Art (NY 1990) and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC 1988), Fisher has also been included in Biennial exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art (NY 1981 and 2000).

Vernon Fisher Hurry Up Please oil and acrylic on canvas 54 x 54″

Detail: Click to enlarge

More images:

Vernon Fisher Upstream Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery November 2010

Vernon Fisher "Disconsolate Pairs" Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery November 2010

Vernon Fisher "The Incorrigibility of Pain" Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery November 2010


November 2010

Richard Tuttle  Metal Shoes

Through December 2nd

Richard Tuttle Metal Shoes Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery November 2010

Founded in 1966 in Los Angeles, Gemini G.E.L. has continuously worked with the most important artists of the 1960′s to the present, including  Vija Celmins, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Richard Tuttle, among many others.   The archive of Gemini G.E.L. is housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. which includes one example of each print they have published, rare proofs and working materials and related documentation.  Click here for more information about the Gemini G.E.L. Archive at the NGA.

Richard Tuttle Metal Shoes Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery November 2010

From PBS Art 21:

Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey in 1941, and lives and works in New Mexico and New York. He received a BA from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Although most of Tuttle’s prolific artistic output since he began his career in the 1960s has taken the form of three-dimensional objects, he commonly refers to his work as drawing rather than sculpture, emphasizing the diminutive scale and idea-based nature of his practice. He subverts the conventions of modernist sculptural practice (defined by grand heroic gestures, monumental scale, and the ‘macho’ materials of steel, marble, and bronze) and instead creates small, eccentrically playful objects in decidedly humble, even ‘pathetic’ materials such as paper, rope, string, cloth, wire, twigs, cardboard, bubble wrap, nails, Styrofoam, and plywood. Tuttle also manipulates the space in which his objects exist, placing them unnaturally high or oddly low on a wall, forcing viewers to reconsider and renegotiate the white-cube gallery space in relation to their own bodies. Tuttle uses directed light and shadow to further define his objects and their space. Influences on his work include calligraphy (he has a strong interest in the intrinsic power of line), poetry, and language. A lover of books and printed matter, Tuttle has created artist’s books, collaborated on the design of exhibition catalogues, and is a consummate printmaker. Richard Tuttle received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ICA Philadelphia; Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; and the Museu Serralvesin, Porto, Portugal. SFMoMA is the organizer of a 2005 Tuttle retrospective.

Richard Tuttle Metal Shoes Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery November 2010